Former France international footballer Willy Sagnol has been appointed coach of Bordeaux, the French Ligue 1 club confirmed on Friday. The arrival of the 37-year-old Sagnol on a two-year deal ends speculation linking former France international star Zinedine Zidane with the job.
Sagnol, who played alongside Zidane when France lost the 2006 FIFA World Cup™ final to Italy on penalties, has spent the two and a half years in charge of the France U-21 team, leading them to six wins and two draws.
Capped 58 times, the former Saint-Etienne, Monaco and Bayern Munich defender will take charge of Bordeaux on 4 June with training for next season starting on 26 June.
Bordeaux won the last of their six French Ligue 1 titles in 2009, with the 1995 UEFA Cup runners-up finishing seventh in Ligue 1 this season.